SPARTA, NJ – Supporting the project in her own way, a Sparta High School student’s poster was chosen for the Sparta Glen Restoration project.  Senior Katlyn Connelly’s poster was put into the entrance to the library on March 1 to publicize the need for volunteers to help with the Fred S Burroughs’ North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited project.

High school biology teacher Rusty Brown was the liaison between the organization and art teacher Robin Cutillo.  At the Sparta Middle School science teacher Dr. Marilyn Steneken worked with the art group to create other posters that are on display around town. 

Cutillo said Connelly is an AP student planning to study art in college. 

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Explaining her thoughts in creating the poster Connelly said, “"Regarding the design I wanted to show key parts of the Glen as well as how volunteers were vital in restoring it. I am planning on volunteering which was part of why I made the poster."

John Nordstedt, from the committee to Restore the Glenn "The purpose of the poster is to let the public know of the project, its’ timing and that we could use some volunteers.  We were most impressed with the way
you, Katlyn, captured so many of the details and objectives.”

Volunteers, teen and adults, are needed to help plant 1600 native trees and shrubs along the banks of the half mile of river after they have been remediated.  The trees will provide stabilization for the banks as well as give shade and temperature stability for the trout.

They already have a good number of volunteers but there is always room for more.  

  • April 16 – Sparta High School students
  • April 17 Sparta VFW and Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation members
  • April 23 – Sparta High School students
  • April 24- Sparta Kiwanis and Sparta Key Club members
  • April 30 – Boy Scout Troop 95 and Pope John Green Team
  • May 1 – Boy Scout Troop 82 and Troop 150 and Sparta Middle School students
  • May 7 – Sparta High School students and Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation members

The planting sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Volunteers are asked to bring a snack, gloves, safety goggles if they want, tick spray, sun screen and boots if available.

Trout Unlimited will supply tools and bottled water.

“We have had a terrific response to our request for volunteers to help plant the riparian buffer zone of 20-25 feet on each side of the brook,” said Nordstedt in an interview.

The remediation work in the stream will begin on April 4 and expected to take two weeks, according to Eric Powell.  Powell has been working with the organization on behalf of the township.

Mayor Christine Quinn explained at last Tuesday’s township council meeting she had attended the Fred S Burrows Trout Unlimited Awards dinner at which many “of the participants were complementary of Eric Powell for the work done in the Glen.”